Today we're helping Susan, who has been wearing the same two fragrances, Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs and Dolce & Gabbana The One, for some time and needs a change. Anaïs Anaïs was a favorite of a friend of hers who died young, and Susan been wearing it for years. Lately she has been finding The One too cloying, and sometimes she washes it off after a few hours.
Susan wants a daytime fragrance, something distinctive but not overpowering, that would be suitable for work, lunch with friends, shopping, etc etc. She has good access to department stores, and she's willing to shop online, but she'd like to keep the cost below $100. Here is what we know about Susan:
She works in a creative field, and says her lifestyle is "very simple and casual".
She's in her mid-50s, but says she's usually mistaken for someone in her mid-40s, and she still feels like she's in her mid-30s.
Susan has been applying for jobs lately and has taken several personality tests, and has decided she is 50% artistic/romantic and 50% engineer.
Susan likes soft floral and spice notes, and citrus that's not too tart. She likes orange blossom, and "the ultra-spicy fragrance of the tiny, old-fashioned carnations I planted some years ago". Susan does not like lavender, paperwhites, gardenia or rose (unless it's a minor player in a scent). She has never liked anything by Estee Lauder except Spellbound.
Some of the perfumes that Susan almost likes include Hanae Mori (a bit too cloying), Elizabeth Arden Red Door and Vera Wang (she likes both of them on friends, on her they smell "off"), Vera Wang Princess (she likes it but it seems very young), Robert Piguet Fracas (too much), Lolita Lempicka Coral Flower (nice but too heavy), Alfred Sung (nice but faded quickly; she'd like to try it again).
What say you?